Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day 94-122 phew - 5 months - buzy

Day 94 - Assemble solar panel racks

Just another step in the process to independence.

Day 95 - Give out scripts online only, no printing

I've been working on a full length script with a friend and it's about 50 pages. We've got about 20 actors. Imagine if I were to print copies up for everyone. 1000 sheets of paper. On this note, the main character, played by Rick Colado, printed his script up on the back of already used paper - nice!

Day 96 - Buy only Mp3 music, no records, CDs

I wanted Ray Lamontagne's new album on vinyl - I went with electronic for the environment. And yes, I paid for it, I respect the musicians.

97 - Use iPhone planner over notebook

I was at a meeting and we were planning out future meetings, and everyone pulled out their notebooks (paper planners). I pulled out my iPhone and suggested this practice to others.

98 - Hand out schedules, breakdowns, etc. electronically online

With the movie I was talking about I had to make breakdown sheets, schedules for the entire cast and crew, and contact sheets. In the past I have given out hard copies to all parties. Not this time.

99 - Buy eco-friendly shoes

Working on these film sets I have killed my last past of shoes. I bought some new Saucony Jazz Vegan edition, made from canvas instead of dead animals.

100 - Make dog toys out of recycled materials

I was going to throw away a pair of socks with holes in the bottom and decided to make a dog toy instead. Lilly loves it.

101 - No individually wrapped food

No more will I buy individually package treats on the go. Instead I've been traveling with loose fruit. I also brought a bunch of fruit to the office.

102 - Hand in script assignments electronically

Using Blackboard I've been having my students handing in their assignments online.

103 - Put all class notes online

I am saving the students some note-taking and use of notebook paper by using Blackboard to share my lecture notes.

104 - Double sided exams

In the case that I need to hand out exams, I have started printing on both sides.

105 - No post-its - reuse paper for notes

I started using used grading sheets to leave posted notes on my door.

106 - Buy LED lights to replace CFLs

4Watts instead of 15Watts. Hopefully the $30 price tag will go down soon.

107 - Build and use composter

Finally got the composter built and threw my 5 gallon bucket of decomposing fruit and vegetable waste inside.

108 - Set up charge controller and inverter & hang panels

Looks so impressive. But, there's still work to do.

109 - Decline festival handouts

I had a student and an ex-student and friend with work in the Jacksonville Film Festival and when you go to the events they give out these huge informational booklets. I declined the book - too much paper.

110 - No more hand sanitizer

When the H1N1 scare was huge, our college put these hand sanitizers in every classroom and it sounded like a great idea. If you don't know the harmful chemicals involved. No more.

111 - Monitor appliance usage with meter

In order to figure out what needs to be cut back in energy usage, the Kill-A-Watt displays energy usage in kWH.

112 - Pull open shower curtain to dry instead of regular cleaning

Less cleaning is better for the environment, and my soft hands.

113 - Dual purpose car trips

I have been taking several trips to my soon to be house to work on the solar panels, plumbing, etc. I have packed the car for these trips so when it's time to move I don't need to take multiple trips. Just one for me and the dogs.

114 - Wire panels

Getting closer.

115 - Eating out, insist on glass, no paper

I was shooting a film this past weekend and we were editing at a buddy's house and I wanted to heat up some seitan, and he pointed to the paper plates for me to use, then reconsidered and gave me a glass plate. Thanks Matt.

116 - Connect batts and test PV system

Whoooooooooooooooo-Hooooooooooooooooo! Yipppppeeeeeeeeeeee! Off the grid Holmes! It works!

117 - No more Wite-Out

IOne of my 8 week classes just ended and grades are due. I screw up a bit when tallying up grades and always fix them before they're due. Up until now I used Wite-Out to fix them, now I just cross out the wrong one and write the new one over. That stuff's toxic.

118 - Take small notes in margins on both sides of paper

So I've been in a ton of meetings lately. And I've had a lot of folks giving me handouts at meetings. Instead of using my lined notebook I've been writing note in margins and on the backs of pages.

119 - Use recycled set dressing

My students were building a set for the inside of a beehive, and instead of buying new materials, we built it out of recycled boxes.

120 - Deliver instruction online

I had to teach the Coast Guard about video shooting techniques. Instead of everybody (including me) driving to the lesson we delivered it online using Tricaster. I will continue to explore this.

121 - Recycle boxes for moving

Due to our membership to Jax Natural Food Coop we get our groceries in big, strong reused boxes. Instead of throwing them out, I've been saving them. This weekend we're moving and the boxes are getting a third life.

122 - Monitor PV electric usage

That's my pops in the photo and in front of him is the Inverter that turns DC electricity into AC and vice-versa. Cool thing is, it also has a wattage meter to show us exactly how much electricity we're using at any given time.

1 comment:

  1. Howdy. My name is Drew and I run I have been following the past couple of weeks since y'all had the write up in I love your little "village" and it is eerily similar to ours as it is and will be. I am curious about the LED bulbs. Can you explain a bit more about them in terms of using them in standard sockets, the energy savings, color of glow, etc?